“Those with dementia are still people and they still have stories and they still have character and they are all individuals and they are all unique. And they just need to be interacted with on a human level.” – Carey Mulligan

One of the health related global concerns today is Dementia and it is widely observed in countries where the average age span is higher. According to proven sources, Dementia is one of the biggest health challenge that the globe is going to face in the next 5 years. It is estimated that the number of people with dementia in the UK by 2025 will rise to over 1 million. It still remain unjudged and unseen in many a cases, leaving the sufferers unknown from the fact of what they are suffering from. Care homes for Dementia, which are the apt place for elders to live a happy and carefree life, also are witnessing increasing number of aged people.

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Forgetfulness, impairment, loss of individuality – they have it all. Dementia sufferers seldom know what is happening to them but have to undergo the tough times as they, over a period of time, lose their control over their memory. Though medicine and technology may try its best in recovering them or helping them be on track, to have a thorough understanding and knowledge of how best to communicate with them is something we, as good human beings, must know and learn, with a compassionate heart and will. As the syndrome progresses, there is bound to be an increasing withdrawal of the person into a closet which is tough to open. At such times, there are two types of reactions, which humanly, are observed: One is the usual reaction to reason, lecture, command, force etc. and the other is the one, we actually need to cultivate – to divert, distract, encourage, reassure…

The Common Never’s and the Always’ While Dealing with Dementia

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How Best to Connect and Communicate with Someone Living with Dementia?

However much the medicinal world and technology tries, sometimes, the human touch is what affects the most. If we, as normal individuals, crave for a heartfelt human feel, then the dementia sufferers surely need that extra bit of everything – compassion, warmth, understanding, communication, reciprocation, care – all of it put together and that too, with a complete know-how of how differently it is to be conveyed to them, so that they are able to grasp and imbibe it in them. There could be a condition in which your loved one lives with you or is at a care home, which is an ideal choice for dementia sufferers. Either ways, even if you are dealing with them directly or the staff at the care home is, there has to be an out-of-the-box thinking while communicating with them.

It, being a progressive illness, communicating with them is not that straight forward, simple and easy as it seems, as it affects the person’s ability to remember, understand, grasp daily facts, thereby affecting their power of communicating their thoughts and ideas. But, if done with a big heart and wise mind, it isn’t difficult either. And now, with these tips and pointers with you, to help with dementia care, it surely is an easily manageable task. Though not comprehensive, these dementia care strategies can surely help you get closer to the person, who needs you the most. You mould yourself into their needed character and watch the gem of a person reveal himself / herself from within.

  • Encourage Them to Communicate By
    • Encouraging them to converse with others, whenever possible
    • Acknowledging whatever they are talking even if it looks vague or absurd
    • Communicating evidently and unhurriedly with short sentences
    • Making a direct eye contact while chatting or asking questions
    • Giving them time to react and respond instead of pressurizing them to revert
    • Offering them simpler and easy choices rather than complicated ones
    • Repeating questions in different manners as they tend not to understand immediately
    • Asking them to explain in a different way, if they find it tough to express the appropriate word
    • Allowing them a lot time to respond and a broken pattern too, as their responses are weak
  • Talk to Them With a Particular Body Language By
    • Maintaining a certain physical distance so that they don’t feel overawed
    • Remaining calm and enduring
    • Having a peaceful, positive, friendly voice
    • Holding the person’s hand to show assurance and warmth, only when needed
    • Not showing sudden movements or tensed facial expressions
  • Listen to Them Carefully By
    • Not doing anything else while they talk and not having another distraction
    • Showing gestures on your face which show that you are listening
    • Using eye contact both ways round, to make them feel heard
    • Letting them speak even if they are repeating the talk the Nth time
    • Nodding your head, humming words of acceptance
    • Rephrasing your question if you feel they haven’t understood
    • Accepting their sad feelings genuinely since sometimes listening is the key
  • Speak to Them Tactfully By
    • Having a very clear and calm tone
    • Maintaining a very slow pace, with gaps between sentences
    • Not raising your voice even a bit, as they are very sensitive to it
    • Conversing with them and not interrogating
    • Laughing with them on their incidents so that they feel more relaxed
    • Including them in others’ talks to make them feel valued and respected
  • Ensure the Best of Ambience By
    • Having a quiet, lighted, good place to talk, with not too many disturbances
    • Sitting in front of the person in such a way that you are completely visible
    • Showing a positive, relaxed and happy spirit on your face
    • Giving them ample of your time, not showing them signs of hurrying up or rushing
    • Preparing yourself a bit in advance of what you would be talking with them

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Wellbeing Care (The Dell Residential Care Home) is the Top 3 recommended care home in Waveney. As a well-known autonomous care provider and one of the advanced dementia care homes in Suffolk, UK, we at Wellbeing provide enjoyable, simplistic and innovative group as well as individual elder care services,  equipped with good values and principles, providing a homely and supportive environment to elders, respecting their independence and helping them achieve a complete and happy life. Permanent residential elder care service, care home for dementia, respite care, holiday stays, short term services, supported living services, day care services – you name it and we have it all.

As one of the best care homes in Lowestoft, we aim to offer the best of regular and social activities like library calls, gardening, lunch trips, boat trips, indoor games, singing, dancing and charity fun events etc., coordinated by qualified staff members. We assure our respected elders a life filled with happiness, good health, security and companionship, a morning beginning with a broad smile and a peaceful sleep dreaming of how wonderful the day was, looking forward to the next day!

Visit www.wellbeingcare.co.uk to get a feel of our enriched offerings at the one of the best residential care homes in London. We would be glad to have you over at our premises to actually experience the happy times and residential home care services we are keen to provide to our respected elders.